Early Obama supporter backing pro-Clinton super PAC

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has been named a senior adviser to Ready for Hillary, a prominent pro-Clinton super-PAC unofficially working to prepare for her potential bid.

Franklin was the first African-American female mayor of a major Southern city and an early endorser of then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, just a month before Georgia's primary.

“The Ready for Hillary movement is inspiring, and along with all other supporters, I am excited and proud to join this effort,” Franklin said in a statement. “It’s bringing together people from red states and blue states, young and old, long-time Hillary supporters and new ones like me.”

Early Obama supporters are already beginning to express their support for Clinton, who hasn't yet decided on whether to launch a bid.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who had in 2006 butted heads with the Clintons and endorsed Obama early on in his 2008 bid, became the first lawmaker to endorse the super-PAC.

The Ready for Hillary group’s founders are longtime Clinton loyalists who have helped on previous campaigns but aren’t in her inner circle.

But in the months since its launch, the super-PAC has signed on a number of advisers who have closer ties to the Clintons, including Bill Clinton’s former White House political director Craig Smith, former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) and Harold Ickes, a senior adviser on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run.

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